The idea of the “exploitation” film has been making a resurgence in our culture of late. Wikipedia defines such a film as relying “heavily on sensationalist advertising and broad and lurid overstatement of the issues depicted, regardless of the intrinsic quality of the film”. Machete, the latest film from writer/director Robert Rodriguez, is a solid entry into the exploitation genre by being loud, trashy, gory… and just excitingly entertaining.
Machete, Rodriguez’s first (with the promise of two sequels!) official foray into the sub-genre “Mexploitation” arrives at a politically relevant time as Arizona’s immigration climate is splashed all over the news. Still, the overall tongue-in-cheek tone of the film suggests coincidence, as Machete is the first of several faux trailers from 2007’s Grindhouse to be made into a feature-length. Reportedly, Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving is on the way.